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The Jilt (1909)

John is seduced and abandoned by a cruel flirt. Later he learns that his friend Frank is engaged to the same woman. He relates his story to Frank and convinces him to jilt her at the altar.





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Credited cast:
John Hale
Frank Allison
Mary, Frank's Sister
Dorothy Kirk
Dorothy's First Suitor / Bartender / At Stock Exchange
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wedding Guest
At College
Anita Hendrie ...
Wedding Guest
Wedding Guest
The Man in the Park / At Stock Exchange / Wedding Guest
Mover / Second Thief / Wedding Guest
At College (as Herbert Yost)
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Bartender / First Thief / Butler / At Stock Exchange
Mover / At Stock Exchange / Wedding Guest / At College
Harry Solter ...
At Stock Exchange


John Hale and Frank Allison have become staunch friends at college, and the day of separation, at the end of the course, was a sad one indeed, particularly for Frank when he discovered that his little crippled sister, Mary, had fallen deeply in love with Jack. Jack goes out into the world, meets and becomes smitten with Miss Dorothy Kirk, a cold, heartless beauty. Dorothy had engaged herself to several worthy young men, but her capriciousness had caused her to throw them aside, so when she is sought by John Hale we feel that she has at last found her affinity. They are engaged and the affinition sealed with a ring, but the usual change of heart comes, and this time on the day of their to-be nuptials, when Jack receives the following note: "Mr. John Hale, Dear Sir: Am sorry to write I cannot marry you to-day or ever. Pardon delaying my decision until the last moment, but better late than never. Dorothy Kirk." At the same time returning his ring. Humiliated and crushed, Jack stood in ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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17 May 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This film marks the changeover from "American Mutoscope and Biograph Company" to simply "Biograph Company" as production credit. See more »

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The 34 Year Old D.W. Griffith
30 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film was an inevitable disappointment to audiences, primarily because it was an original piece rather than an adaptation. Griffith is on safe territory when he is adapting work for the screen because that is what cinema is designed for. Original pieces of work only succeed later on in Hollywood's history.

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